A mock drill was held on July 26 to assess the preparedness of various agencies in case of an emergency during disasters like flash floods, cloud burst and others.
he aim was to check the preparedness, availability of essential services like medical facilities, ration, drinking water, electricity, accommodation, bedding, telecommunication set-up, availability of resources like rescue equipment, JCB machines, and tippers. Also to enhance coordination between the district officers appointed as Nodal officers and other agencies viz police, SDRF, army, ITBP, GREF, Fire & emergency services, etc.
The drill was conducted under the supervision of Avny Lavasa, DC/ Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authority, Leh.
Stakeholders representing Army, ITBP, State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), Civil Defense, Air Force, CRPF, Police and district officers were present at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) near Council Secretariat. Besides, four camp centers were also identified at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Leh, EJM College, Tashi Thongsmon Choglamsar and Food Craft Institute Tyakshi Thang.
Addressing the stakeholders at the Lotsava Auditorium, J&K Cultural Academy, Leh, Avny Lavasa said that the mock drill is conducted to sensitize stakeholders with the preparedness at the time of disaster.
"SDRF has been conducting awareness camps at various community levels and schools and their awareness will prove helpful", added Avny.
She informed that the four identified centres have been equipped with basic facilities in case of emergency and have all the basic facilities of food, shelter, drinking water, toilet, and medical aid. NIC center at Divisional Commissioners Office complex will continue to be the main meeting point at the time of any disaster as the office has an uninterrupted power supply and communication facilities.
The personnel of SDRF and staff of the medical department also conducted an exhibition of rescue equipment and demonstration on medical evacuation.